“That makes no sense!” … “How can that possibly work?” … “There is no way that I am trying that!
Are these the kinds of comments you have heard from beginners at … well anything that they consider “counter-intuitive”? Continue reading “Things counter-intuitive”
Tonight, I watched most of the UK Channel 4 Dispatches TV program “Confessions of a Nurse”. The web site for the program is here and it can be expected to be available to view on their “Catch Up” service before too long. Continue reading “Disturbing medical issues”
O’Reilly are publishing a new book “97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know”. This caught my attention for a variety of reasons. One is an interest in trying to get to the bottom of what the issues commonly labelled as “software architecture” are really all about! Another reason is that there are a couple of contributions from Kevlin Henney, with whom I have worked and who frequently comes up with a “different take” on any situation. Continue reading “Architectural advice”
Among the reactions to the article on sequences of learning is a post from Brett McLaughlin on the O’Reilly Radar blog, that poses questions about the design of the sequence.
Learning is important to us all in so many ways; so learning (yup!) more about learning seems to be particularly important! However there are a considerable range of contexts in which learning occurs; and sometimes this causes the generic lessons to be more difficult to uncover. Continue reading “Controlling the sequence of learning”
Over many years, as an instructor of training courses, my recognition of the importance of the sequence in which we learn things has been continually increasing. Every time there is a problem with someone learning something, the starting point is the sequence.
As we guide learners through the process of opening the Pandora’s box Continue reading “Learning sequences”
Naming is important! When we encounter overlapping terms applied to similar concepts, they often carry important differences in emphasis or meaning. So what have I been doing all these years?
Maybe it is “training”, but the world is now focussed on “learning”, let’s pick this apart? Continue reading ““Training”, “learning” or both?”
Being amazed is amazing! Children frequently amaze us. Is it that we underestimate the rate and breadth of their learning? Or is it that they know much more than us and we overestimate the rate at which they forget?!
Yesterday, I had the most amazing conversation with my youngest son, Continue reading “Being amazed by children … again!”
Welcome to my world … and my contribution to the content of the world!
My purpose is to share: information, thinking, analysis and experience from the perspective that I know best: mine! Each individual has a unique path of experience in personal and professional terms; so we each have a unique perspective on the experiences that we share.
As a novice blogger, I feel unable to make any meaningful prediction of the effectiveness of this blog. So I welcome constructive advice about strategies and tactics to enhance it, from writers and readers of blogs.
Its formation is driven by a desire to share, stimulate and debate the realities of the world on a wide range of topics.
At the outset, I envisage contributions of a variety of forms, but am unsure of the appropriate breadth of either subject matter and contribution type. What will we see? Historical notes; comments on current events; attempts at analysis of subject areas; opinions … can all these sit together? Coverage of people, family, science, technology, software, aviation, golf … do these belong in the same place?
Time will tell!
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